There are plenty of subjects around to picture at Halloween ranging from the traditional jack-o-lantern through to people in costume, to trick or treat ‘treats’ and much more. It is a time of colour, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.
The keys to great Halloween Photography aren’t that different from the standard keys of good composition in photography in order you photograph Halloween this year bear in mind the fundamentals.
Point of Interest – Before hitting the shutter ask yourself ‘what is your focal point (or point of interest) in this image?’ All decent images have something in them that holds the interest of those who see them.
Rule of Thirds – One way of improving the composition of your shots is to set your points of interest inn smart rankings. While the rule of thirds could be broken with fantastic effect it’s a useful principle to bear in mind.
Halloween is a time of play and you can add to this on your pictures by getting in close and nice and filling the frame with your subjects. Whether it’s individuals or objects — becoming in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.
When photographing people one of the very best compositional techniques is to use the space around their faces effectively by giving more space on the side of the face they are looking into.
It is easy to be distracted by the flashy parts of a time like Halloween but it’s often when you step back, take a look around and notice the smaller details that you find the ‘money shots’. Times like Halloween are filled with all kinds of smaller details and photograph worthy moments including decorations, carving the pumpkin, folks getting dressed in costumes, sleeping kids at the end of celebrations, bags full of treats at the end of the night, the ‘fangs’ at Aunt Marie’s mouth, before and after shots of parties, close ups of meals etc
Photographing Jack-o-Lanterns is very tricky as to get the complete effect of the glowing inside the pumpkin is a bit of a tightrope walk between overexposing and underexposing as a result of dark and light patches in the shot you take. Instead of only 1 candle inside it’s probably worth using two or three to give a little extra light. Also take numerous shots at different exposures (exposure bracketing) and you should get one or two that give you the effect you’re after.